Friday, June 5, 2009

What is trying too hard?

A player in a slump is often in a position where he can be trying too hard. I have always wondered what that means. If a player doesn't try hard throughout his career, then how can be come into the spotlight? My subject in this matter is my boy Troy Tulowitzki. People are actually paid to watch games, and 'analyze' why Tulo is struggling this season. Each has the same response: he's trying too hard; he needs to loosen his grip; he needs to lighten up. Tulo is not an idiot. For a player to become a star, he needs to persistantly push himself at every level. Tulo tried hard in high school, college, single-A, and double-A. He tried so hard, and cared so much that he made it to the major leagues by the age of 22. He started as a rookie without any triple-A experience. From a Driller to a Rockie. Once he reached the pinnacle, is he supposed to stop trying really hard, and become a consistant, good player? This is what the analysis suggests. A player that makes it to the majors already knows what he is doing, and knows how to go about his business. Perhaps someone Tulo's age gets ahead of himself at times, and puts too much pressure on himself. An apparant contradiction comes forfront when I listen to analysis of Garrett Atkins' struggles. They never say that he is trying too hard; they just say that his mechanics are off, and he can't get out of his own head. Why are the two analytics of a similar situation contradictary? Easy answer, but hard to grasp... We care too much. Everyone likes Tulo, and have to justify why he is struggling. We also have to justify ourselves in liking a player- whom we have never met- means so much to us. On the other hand, a player like Atkins isn't very charasmatic nor an attractive character. When Holliday was on the trading block, I begged to sacrifice Atkins instead so the team could keep a player that actually meant something to Rockies fans. That's why we put up with shitty players. We can always remember back to the 2007 playoff run when Tulo cranked doubles, and had a glove that shined golden. We believe that that is the player who he is, so we justify his struggles against his former greatness. This belief is what keeps people like me driving. The belief in the greater potential of all people.

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